Jim Jack (Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming) is the Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming for George Street Playhouse. Jim joined the playhouse in 2010, and as Director leads GSP's Academy, Artist-in-Residence Programs, Educational Touring Theatre, and Community Artistic Programming Initiatives that annually serve over 30,000 students and patrons. Jim designed and developed GSP’s innovative Artist-in-Residence Programs, which each year provides arts integration professional development for teachers and hands-on theatre arts learning for over 3,500 students in 150 classrooms throughout New Jersey. As recognition for his leadership in the field of arts education, Jim received the 2017 New Jersey Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service in Theatre Arts Education.
As a professional director, recent credits include The Immigrant, Trying, My Name is Asher Lev (*The Star Ledger’s Best Production of 2016) and Terra Incognita for George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. In 2014, Jim produced, devised and directed Our Town Now, an original play based on fifty oral interviews with people who live and work in New Brunswick. For GSP's Educational Touring Theatre, Jim has commissioned, produced and directed Gabi Goes Green! and Austin the Unstoppable, new musicals about climate change and type II diabetes. Jim recently wrote and produced Anytown, a musical about the opioid crisis and its impact on New Jersey families.
Prior to George Street Playhouse, Jim worked for Roundabout Theatre Company. He co-founded Bronx Theatre High School and served as Roundabout Theatre Company’s Project Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at the school for eight years. As a teaching artist, Jim has worked with the 92nd Street Y, ArtsConnection, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Northern Stage.
Jim received his MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Favorite New York and Regional acting credits include: Horatio in Hamlet: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Banquo in Macbeth; the Bastard in King John; John Hale in The Crucible; Jacques in As You Like It; Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; and Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.